How often at this time of year do we witness the transposition of Laurence Binyon’s words from his poem For the Fallen? Outside Christ Church United Reformed Church in Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames there is a little memorial.
It says ‘They shall not grow old’, instead of the much more elegant, haunting and correct ‘They shall grow not old’. The meaning is entirely different.
That led me to look at the stone memorial-plaques on either side of the main entrance to Henley town hall, and to see whether all the men on the Christ Church memorial were named there. Interestingly, they are not: I could not see John Frame, Bernard Jeffreys or Alfred Tripp.
However, there is a full list of names on a board which was installed in 2014 just inside the town hall front door. Curiously it bears the name Burnard Jeffrey not Bernard Jeffreys so it looks like someone has made an error, either there or on the Christ Church memorial. Alfred Tripp is on the full list so presumably he is the same as L Tripp on the plaque outside the town hall. There is more research to be done.
There are similar discrepancies between the memorials down the road in Shiplake: the bronze plaque in the church and the Celtic Christian cross in the village bear some different names.